Sunday, October 14, 2012

Honolulu and Hilo

We arrived in Honolulu on September 20 and had a very special day there. Even as we waited for the Hop on/Hop off bus there were some locals feeding the fish! 
 We decided to get the bus to Pearl Harbour which was a very special place to visit. The Memorial is very moving and before you head out to the Arizona Memorial there were some museums to see and a movie. It was a terrible tragedy and so many lives were lost.
 You take this boat out to the memorial.
The Memorial is over but not touching the sunken ship which is the resting place of so many.
We then headed back to town and enjoyed a little shopping at the huge centre called Ala Moana and then headed to Waikiki beach. 

 We ended up staying out a little later and here we are heading back on the bus to the ship.
 The next day was spent in Hilo on the big island. We took a tour here and had a great afternoon seeing some wonderful sights.
 We went to the Rainbow falls.
 It was nice to see the sights even from the bus.

 It was wonderful to see this active volcano and to see the steam rising.
Here I am in the very warm steam from one of the vents.
 We also walked through a lava tunnel which was fascinating.
At the end of the afternoon some of us continued on to see these lovely black sand beaches and the fresh water lagoons so close to the ocean.

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